Dr. Gareth Forde, Author at BabyQ

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What is Group B Strep?

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GBS During Pregnancy – What You Need to Know Newborns are much more vulnerable than healthy adults to infections, which is why you might be hearing of concerns related to Group B Streptococcus (also known as Group B strep, baby strep, and GBS). This common bacterium is often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract of adults, and usually does not cause any symptoms. However, if you are pregnant there are things you need to know before labor and delivery that will help keep your newborn baby safe. How Does Group B Strep Affect Infants? It is estimated that 25% of pregnant mothers carry Group B strep during labor and delivery. Of these 25%, 1 in 200 untreated mothers will give birth to babies who are affected by Group B strep complications. However, when mothers are treated during labor with appropriate antibiotics, those rates of complications drop to just…

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Why Is The Second Trimester Considered the Easiest Trimester?

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Pregnancy is a little bit of a roller coaster ride of changes for your body, both on the outside and on the inside. Many women find that the second trimester is the most enjoyable and the easiest. Those challenging symptoms of the first trimester fade and yet you do not yet experience the challenges of the final stretch – the third trimester. So why is the second trimester considered the easiest trimester? Your body underwent many changes in the first trimester, and many of them involved new challenges such as nausea and morning sickness, more frequent trips to the bathroom, hormonal mood swings, and increased aches and pains. During the 2nd trimester, however, you will likely see some changes for the better. The nausea subsides. For most women morning sickness is the worst during the 1st trimester, so it is a welcome relief during the 2nd trimester that your body…

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Can My Fetus Feel?

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Consider yourself a human rocking chair during pregnancy as your baby is lulled to sleep by your walking, or perhaps roused from sleep by your jostling exercise. Your growing baby experiences many of the same things you do – the foods you eat, the emotions you feel, and the things you hear – just in slightly different ways. Your baby can also feel certain things from outside your abdomen, but rest assured that your general everyday movements do not cause pain and discomfort to your baby as he is safely enclosed in the amniotic fluid. My Baby’s Senses You might ask, “So what can my fetus feel?” By the time your developing baby is 20 weeks of gestational age, many of his senses are developed to a point where he will react to stimuli. His hearing is strong enough to recognize and react to your voice and other auditory stimulation….

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What are the best options for post-partum birth control?

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You’ve just welcomed your new baby and you’re already anticipating all of those memories you’re going to make as a family. Somewhere between deciding on stroller options and pediatricians, you also have another choice to make – post-partum birth control. Most new parents aren’t quite ready to jump into another pregnancy just weeks or months after giving birth, so choosing a birth control method after baby arrives is an important decision for new parents. Factors for Choosing a Post-Partum Birth Control There are many factors that will influence the type of birth control that you decide to use post-partum. The amount of time you plan to wait before having another child Whether or not you plan to breastfeed your newborn Convenience Cost Side effects Any reactions to previous birth control methods Health concerns or pre-existing conditions Birth Control Choices for New Mothers Intrauterine Devices (IUD) The IUD is a preferred…

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Why am I being screened for gestational diabetes?

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Pregnancy can take its toll on your body, and your health care provider may offer you many tests and screenings during the three trimesters of pregnancy. One of the most commonly used tests is the screening for gestational diabetes, which measures how your cells are using sugar supplies. Gestational diabetes that is left undiagnosed or untreated can be medically devastating on both you and your baby. Even if you have no prior history of diabetes, or even any signs or symptoms, your body might be reacting differently because of all of the changes and demands that pregnancy puts on it. A healthy pregnancy relies on the placenta to supply increased levels of certain hormones to help you and your developing baby. However, these hormones don’t always allow your body’s natural insulin levels to work, blocking them from doing their job (regulating your blood sugar). When the blood sugar levels are…

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What are Probiotics and Are They Safe during Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a time when moms-to-be are full of questions about how to make the safest and best choices for their growing babies. One of the nutritional topics that can be confusing for pregnant moms is regarding probiotics and their role in a healthy diet. If you are pregnant, you should know that probiotics are generally healthy and safe “good” bacteria that offer many benefits. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are actually live bacteria and yeasts that aid in the digestive system. They are considered “good” microorganisms because they exist naturally in many foods and help to reduce the number of “bad” bacteria in your digestive system. It is important to have an appropriate balance of the bacteria within your body in order to avoid and treat conditions including: Diarrhea – especially after treatment with antibiotics which can destroy the “good” bacteria in your digestive system because it doesn’t differentiate between…

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Why Can’t I Clean the Litter Box When Pregnant?

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Caring for a pet is a common occurrence in the lives of many women. The same is true for women who are also pregnant. Unfortunately, among the list of precautions for pregnant moms is a warning to take special care when handling pets, specifically cats. Cat feces poses a threat to both pregnant women and their unborn children. The feces may contain parasites that cause Toxoplasmosis, an infection characterized by flu-like symptoms and is also associated with miscarriages in women and congenital defects and damage to the eyes and brain in babies. Alarmingly, symptoms such as sore throat, tiredness, fever and sore muscles may not be correlated with cat litter exposure or such symptoms may not occur in women; however the effects of Toxoplasmosis in babies are often more dramatic and more common. When caring for a cat, pregnant women should avoid changing the litter box, if possible. If a…

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What Exercises Are Safe During Pregnancy?

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Expecting mothers can typically stay healthy by following a nutritious diet, accompanied by safe exercise during pregnancy. A woman’s body experiences many changes during these nine months and while exercise is a valuable part of staying healthy, there are some precautions to take and restrictions to make during this time. The questions many expectant mothers have during this time include: Is exercise safe during pregnancy? What type of exercise is best during pregnancy? What types of exercise should I avoid during pregnancy? Safe Exercise During Pregnancy Because every woman’s body is different, especially during pregnancy, it is important that the first step you take is to consult with your healthcare provider about the safety of exercising during your pregnancy. Some women with certain health issues, medical histories, and complications during this time might be advised against aspects of physical activity. If you were already a jogger, a swimmer, or an…

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What to Avoid During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant you are probably thinking about the various dos and don’ts when it comes to eating, drinking, medications, and anything else that might affect your growing baby. Alcohol is definitely something that should be avoided during pregnancy as no level of alcohol has been shown to be safe for your baby’s development. Smoking cigarettes and exposure to secondhand smoke also pose dangers to your and your baby’s health, so take steps to quit if you do smoke and try to stay away from others who do. These aren’t the only health risks you have to worry about, though, and some of the following dangers might surprise you. What Else Besides Alcohol and Cigarettes? Heat – Whether it is from the hot tub at the gym or a sauna on vacation, excessive heat should be avoided during pregnancy. In fact, spending as little as…

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Where Can I Find Comfortable Shoes for My Swollen Feet?

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Your abdomen isn’t the only part of your body that will change and expand during your pregnancy. One of the most common complaints of pregnant women is swollen feet. If your feet feel like they have turned into balloons by lunchtime, it’s time to find some comfortable shoes to wear during pregnancy that support your swollen feet. Shopping for Shoes during Pregnancy One of the challenges that pregnant women face when finding comfortable shoes during pregnancy is that their feet can change sizes between the time you put them on in the morning and the time you come home for dinner. Look for shoes that have laces or straps that you can adjust throughout the day. Avoid heels whenever possible. Standing and walking in heels puts added stress on your feet, strain on your ankles, and increases the risks of falls that can be dangerous to you and your baby….

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